When Gopal ‘Khetanchi’ was growing up as a child in Sardarshahar, a small town near Bikaner, he found himself surrounded by colour. Born on 2nd February1958 in a modest school teacher’s family, he remembers being fascinated by the world of art even as a youngster, “I must have been in the 4th or 5th class when I received my first art kit as a prize for my drawings. Those days, it meant a lot to have an art kit of one’s own and I really treasured it.” It helped tremendously to have an art teacher for a father who encouraged the young Gopal by giving him relevant books related to art. But Khetanchi remembers one particular book on anatomy that his father gave him when he was in the 8th class. “I think that one book really got me working on figurative drawing. I would spend hours studying the book and drawing from it. It was from this book that I got my first lessons in drawing. Of course, it meant hours of practice but looking back I now feel that was the best learning experience for me.” He was fortunate enough to learn from another artist at the young age of 15. “I had some relatives in Ladnu and went there to spend my vacations and came in contact with Manak Joshi, an artist who had trained under the renowned A.H. Muller. I spent less than a month in Ladnu but each of those days was valuable for me as I spent every possible moment gaining theoretical knowledge from Manakji. When I think of that period of my life I can say without any hesitation that everything I know about colours I have learnt from Manak Joshi in that brief duration.